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Level 2 Diploma Pre Access to HE

Subject Area

Access to HE

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

This exciting programme has been designed to prepare adults for progression on to courses that will lead to university or college. If you have not studied for some time or don’t meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto one of our level 3 courses, this Pre-Access course will develop your confidence and academic skills. You will also be able to study English and Maths GCSEs alongside the course, as qualifications in English and Maths are required for level 3 study.

Why should I choose the course?

The Pre-Access to higher education will give you a reintroduction to studying if you have not studied for a while or want to refresh your skills in preparation for further study. The course allows you to begin developing your writing skills as well as providing an introduction into health-based subjects. If you are interested in health, think of this course as a Pre-Access to nursing or health and social care to gain qualifications needed to progress further.

What will I learn?

You will study a variety of modules including academic units and units that are designed to develop personal skills. Units may vary depending on the course you are considering studying at university. Modules include:

  • Essay Writing
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Child and Young Person Development

There are also dedicated adult English and Maths courses available to prepare you for GCSE study if you do not hold these at grade 4/C or above.

You will be assessed during the course as each unit is taught and completed. A variety of methods will be used, such as essays, workbooks, and presentations. The course is delivered on a blended model, with most sessions being face to face and some parts delivered online.

What will the course lead on to?

After completion, you could progress on to an Access to Higher Education course:

  • Access to HE – Nursing & Midwifery
  • Access to HE – Health Professionals
  • Access to HE – Social Work
  • Access to HE – Science
  • Access to HE – Social Sciences

These courses are recognised by all universities for entry on to most degree subjects.

Are there any links with industry and university?

The tutors on the course have excellent links with industry professionals, and students will benefit from these working partnerships.

Universities expect adults who apply for some vocational degrees to have previous relevant paid or voluntary experience. Life and work experience is valuable, and applicants need to have spent some time out of school and have a high level of maturity.

What support is available?

All students receive termly one-to-one tutorials with their programme leader to support them with their progress on programme. You will also have access to an online tutorial programme which provides guidance on a wide range of topics such as mental health, managing finances, support for single parents, and working online. In addition, you can access a programme of workshops throughout the year to support with topics such as study skills, academic writing, and time management.

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required, and a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support, and help when needed. All HE students have access to a designated progress coach who can also provide welfare support.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

During you time on the Pre-Access to HE course, your learning will be enhanced by dedicated tutors who have a wide range of industry knowledge and experience. The college also houses a dedicated Health & Social Care Academy, which contains state-of-the-art facilities including a mock hospital ward. These outstanding facilities will ensure you gain valuable skills in a realistic setting, preparing you for further study and future employment. Throughout your course you will also benefit from our fantastic industry connections, which will enable you to gain valuable industry insight and hear from professionals currently working in the field. We have excellent progression rates on to higher education courses.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements to study this course besides an interest in progressing on to higher education.

What are my funding options?

For Finance support and enquiries please speak to our Learner Services Team or visit:

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

For this course you will need to purchase the usual student stationery such as pens, paper, and files.

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Course options

Starts Sep 2023

33 Weeks
Class Times
09:15 - 15:15
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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Starts Jan 2024

21 Weeks
Class Times
09:15 - 15:15
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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